THis is not a museum. Mobile devices lurking.
An expanded conception of a museum
ON the 9th of April, the Spanish Cultural Centre hosted the opening of the touring exhibition This is not a museum; MObile devices lurking. The exhibition is curated by Marti Peran, produced by ACVic (Centre de les Arts Contemporànies de VIC, Barcelona, Spain), Acció Cultural Espanyola (AC/E) and the CCEMx, and is conceived as a work in progress combining research and education. The touring exhibition originally formed part of Ceci n’est pas une voiture, a joint project between ACVic, Can Xalant, and Idensitat.
Ceci n'est pas une voiture is defined as an exercise in documentation and reflection upon arts projects situated in public space, interacting with the observer by means of mobile devices; “devices” which, beyond being elements in an expanded concept of the museum, constitute an alternative to the traditional exhibition model of the empty box, and in certain cases, as an alternative to the concept of the museum itself.
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In the exhibition the case studies are shown as a catalogue and archive in progress, presenting more than 70 initiatives which reformulate the traditional idea of the museum as an exhibiting device.
With case studies originating from different parts of the world, 13 new local case studies have been brought into the Mexican exhitibion, as well as the presentation from the Research group on art and the environment (GIAIAE) mediator of the exhibition. 4 original Mexican mobile devices also form part of the exhibition.
The mobile devices, called “artefacts” by curator Marti Peran, are objets d'art which travel in search of contact with urban reality, with people, with the everyday. During the three months of the exhibition, a process which Peran calls “activation” may be seen to occur, with the deployment and demonstration of these artefacts in the urban context. As well as the exhibited work, a programme of parallel activities are to be presented, including the activation of the artefacts, workshop and a seminar, distributed among the various participants.
The touring exhibition This is not a museum; Mobile devices lurking, has gone through various phases of development, in which Universitat de Barcelona, el Museu Centre d'Art Reina Sofia, ACVic, Idensitat, ACM/Roulotte, Trànsit i Cercle Artístic Sant Lluc, Slovene Ethnographic Museum, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design have collborated. In Mexico City, Centro Cultural Casa Talavera, Casa Vecina, SOMA, Centre Cultural Universitari Tlatelolco, *GIAIAE, ATEA and el Jardí Botànic de l'Institut de Biologia de la UNAM are participating collaborators.
This is not a museum; Mobile devices lurking is an exhibition is curated by Marti Peran and produced by ACVic Centre d'Arts Contemporànies, in association with AC/E Acción Cultural Española. It forms part of the project Ceci n’est pas une voiture, jointly promoted by ACVic, Can Xalant, and IDENSITAT.